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Cecere looks for big year with "Team Lindy"

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Domenico Cecere might be a new name in the program, but he is a familiar face when it comes to Lindy Farms and its racehorses. Cecere, a 36-year-old native of Italy, is beginning his 11th year as a member of "Team Lindy" while starting his first full season succeeding Frank M. Antonacci as the organization's trainer. The Antonacci family, which owns Lindy Farms and competes under a variety of ...
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Brosseau looks to defend Hippodrome 3R title

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Driver Stephane Brosseau says he is ready to defend his driving title when the Hippodrome 3R opens for the 2018 race season on Sunday, April 29.   "It would be great if I can take the title again," said Brosseau, who hails from L'Assomption, Que. "I am already off to a good start this year and am the third leading driver at Rideau Carleton."   Last year Brosseau, 48, captured his f...
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Seventy still eligible to Pepsi North America Cup

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Woodbine Entertainment on Monday released the 70 three-year-old pacers still eligible to this year's Pepsi North America Cup following the April 15 sustaining payment.   A total of 79 horses were originally nominated to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment (March 15) saw just four horses drop out, while the most recent payment (April 15) reduced the...
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Lady’s Dude draws clear in Meadows feature

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Lady’s Dude attacked the leader, Classicality, near the three-quarters and drew away from him late to capture Monday’s $20,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Lady’s Dude was third when Dave Palone tipped him off the cones and asked him for trot. The 7-year-old Victory Sam-Lady’s Star gelding dueled with Classicality through mid-stretch before putting him away, downing Class...
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Field set for Tuesday’s Bonus Series final

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
After three preliminary rounds and sufficient whittling, the field is set for Tuesday night’s $85,000 final of the Bonus Trotting Series at Yonkers Raceway. The event, co-sponsored by Yonkers Raceway and the Standardbred Owners Association of the New York, goes as the ninth of 11 races. Post time is the usual 6:50 p.m. Seasoned Saint (Jim Marohn Jr., post two) was the only perfect part...
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Repeat winners in Weiss splits for mare pacers

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Kimberlee and Sharen Hanover both became three-time winners in the preliminaries of the Bobby Weiss Series for pacing mares at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono Monday, as the track hosted two $15,000 divisions of the fourth and final Weiss preliminary. Kimberlee is three-for-three in the Weiss, and four-for-four in 2018, after a three-quarter-length victory in her prelim, which was timed in 1:55...
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Soto now two-for-two at Harrington

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
Soto ($9, Art Stafford Jr.) improved to two-for-two this year at Harrington Raceway with a 1:52.4 triumph in the $17,000 Open Pace on Monday. Overlooked at odds of 3-1, Soto settled third on the rail until near the three-quarters when he challenged pacesetter Major Uptrend and eventually cleared. Soto made the lead in mid-stretch and would not relent as Major Uptrend held second and Silver ...
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Merton wins 5 at Plainridge Park

on 04/23/2018 2:00 AM
After finishing a respectable fifth in his seasonal bow in the Open here last week, Cherokee Hiflyzane took full advantage of a drop in class to score his first win of 2018 in the $14,000 conditioned pacing feature at Plainridge Park on Monday afternoon.  He’s Marvelous (Nick Graffam) left from the rail at 50-1 and played give-and-go with Jackson’s Image (Jim Hardy) to the quarter ...
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Easy Lover Hanover in 1:49.3 at Mohawk Park

on 04/22/2018 2:00 AM
A week after an ice storm forced a cancellation, Woodbine Mohawk Park was finally able to host its first Saturday card of the 2018 season. The evening kicked off with several drivers handing out free programs and meeting fans throughout the facility. Chris Christoforou, Sylvain Filion, Trevor Henry, James MacDonald, Bob McClure and Louis Philippe Roy greeted customers and got to check out s...
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Barimah A, Apple Bottom Jeans win Big M finals

on 04/22/2018 2:00 AM
Barinah A and Apple Bottom Jeans were the big winners as the Meadowlands hosted a pair of series finals on Saturday night. Barimah A used a quick burst of speed to grab the top at the quarter in :27 in the $53,500 Whata Baron for horses and geldings on the pace. He hit the half in a rated :55 as Phoenix Warrior N was making progress on the outside before the pair duked it out through a ligh...
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Wakizashi Hanover wires Harrah’s Philly

on 04/22/2018 2:00 AM
at Harrah's Philadelphia in an upper-conditioned level event going for a purse of $18,000. Starting from post five, the gelded son of Dragon Again went right to the front and made every call a winning one, stopping the clock in 1:52 en route to a one-length win. Cooperstown (Corey Callahan) finished second, while The Wayfaring Man (Yannick Gingras) was third.  It was the 22nd career...
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Sutton scores in Shiaway St. Pat final

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
After a successful 3-year-old campaign in 2016 that saw him bank a little more than $360,000 and finish third in the Hambletonian in a photo with Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank, Sutton did not race at all last year. Foot problems derailed his 4-year-old season, so trainer Julie Miller and staff worked patiently with the horse, opting to keep the son of Donato Hanover on...
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HOY Hannelore Hanover wins qualifier in 1:53.2

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
The morning qualifiers began on Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Meadowlands on a lovely, clear morning with temperatures in the 50s and just a slight stretch headwind. The 2017 Horse of the Year, Hannelore Hanover, made her first appearance of the new season in the sixth qualifying race and she clearly looked ready to defend her crown. Sent right to the lead from post seven by Yannick Gingras the no...
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I Soar Him First three-peats in Weiss action

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
I Soar Him First became the only competitor to go three-for-three in the initial preliminaries of the four events in the Bobby Weiss Series, taking his $15,000 division of the pacing males sector in 1:51.4 Saturday at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. George Napolitano Jr. sent the sophomore So Surreal gelding to the top before the :27.3 quarter, then got a huge breather to the :56.4 half. F...
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Shartin N wins Blue Chip Matchmaker final

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
An equipment change helped keep Shartin N going straight and propelled her straight to victory in Saturday’s $373,000 Blue Chip Matchmaker Series championship for older female pacers at Yonkers Raceway. The mare, who won three preliminary divisions of the Matchmaker prior to going off stride last week, posted a 4-1/2 length victory over Sell A Bit N in 1:52.2. Motu Moonbeam N was third. S...
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Sammy Jackson upsets in Wood Memorial final

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
Sammy Jackson, who hadn’t hit the board in any of his three previous career starts, found the addition of hopples to his liking, as he pulled off a 21-1 shocker in Saturday’s $27,200 championship of the Ben Wood Memorial Trot for 3-year-old colts and geldings at The Meadows. The Ben Wood was one of four finals for late-closing series for sophomores The Meadows hosted Saturday. Other win...
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Sectionline Bigry best in Hackett 3CP final

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
Sectionline Bigry continued his winning ways Saturday night at Miami Valley by capturing the $40,000 James K. Hackett Memorial championship for sophomore Ohio-sired pacing colts in a quick 1:51.1. The son of Pet Rock has now triumphed in four of his first five seasonal starts following a freshman campaign in which he won just one of 10 while earning $41,479. "He had some bad posts, some bad luc...
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Americanprimetime wins Saratoga feature

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
The field in Saturday night’s Open Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel was shrunk to five following a scratch but the feature still wound up being one of the evening’s best races. The quintet, which went for a purse of $14,500, was led throughout by veteran JK Panache (Jim Devaux) who was seeking his third Open Pace victory already on the young season.  After putting up fractions of :26.4 an...
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Stay In Your Place finds Vernon winner’s circle

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
Stay In Your Place (Leon Bailey) coasted to a gate-to-wire victory in the Vernon Downs feature pace ($7,000), on Saturday. Stay in Your Place (Mr Wiggles), who is owned by Victor Finocchiaro and trained by Andy Gardner, went to the front and never looked back. The 4-year-old controlled all the fractions (:26.3, :55.3, 1:23.4, 1:52.2). Drunken Desire A (Justin Huckabone) came on late to finish s...
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Keystone Velocity repeats as Levy champ

on 04/21/2018 2:00 AM
Keystone Velocity won his second consecutive George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series championship, moving to the lead as the field reached the quarter-mile point and retaining the top spot every step of the way from there to defeat Bit Of A Legend N by one length in 1:52 at Yonkers Raceway on Saturday. Somewhere In L A finished third and Mach It So was fourth in the $532,000 event for old...
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